donate goods

Changing lives and creating healthy homes

Your in-kind donations help us create a safe, comfortable community for women experiencing homelessness across Los Angeles. Please review our guidelines below and schedule your donation drop-off. Please note that we cannot accept unscheduled deliveries!

DONATE GOODS PROCESS

Step 1: Review Our Current Needs
Dignity is of the utmost importance to us so we will only receive donations in quality condition. Please review our Current Needs and Not Currently Accepting lists below to ensure your donation meets our needs and expectations.
Step 2: Prepare Your Donation
All donations must be in clean, working order. Donations should be packaged in 33 gal. trash bags or medium boxes and must not be over filled for safety when lifting (3/4 full). Please ensure all donations are prepared using the guidelines below.
Step 4: Drop-off Your Donation
Drop-off your donation during your scheduled appointment at the Downtown Women's Center, 442 S. San Pedro Street in Downtown LA.
Previous slide
Next slide

Questions? Please contact DonateGoods@downtownwomenscenter.org

CURRENT NEEDS

The Downtown Women’s Center is currently seeking the donation of a portable projector & projector screen to support client centered programming. Thank you for your consideration. 

CLOTHING

We are currently accepting new and gently worn women’s, men’s, and unisex clothing styles in sizes XS – 3XL.

Clothing must be NEW, or gently worn and freshly laundered within 2-week of your donation appointment. Please fold and sort by type and do not include footwear in clothing bags. We cannot accept clothing on hangers.  

       HIGH PRIORITY NEEDS:

  • underwear (XS-2XL) NEW
  • bras (band: 34-42, cup: A, B, C, DD) NEW
  • sports bras
  • stretch pants such as leggings
  • seasonal clothing

BAGS & OUTDOOR GEAR

  • backpacks
  • duffle bags
  • gym bags
  • tote bags
  • tents
  • tarps
  • sleeping bags
  • blankets
  • rain ponchos
  • seasonal items (weather)

PERSONAL CARE

All personal care items must be in NEW and unopened condition in standard or travel sizes. Interested in assembling Toiletry Kits? Check out our Help From Home Kit opportunities.  

  • hand soap 
  • facial cleanser
  • facial moisturizer
  • body wash or soap
  • body lotion
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • pads with wings
  • incontinence briefs
  • makeup & accessories
  • perfume

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

All household items must be in clean, working order with all necessary elements included. Interested in creating Clean Home Kits? Check out our Help From Home Kit opportunities.    

  • bedding for twin or full size beds NEW
  • cleaning products, like dish soap NEW
  • dishware
  • silverware
  • drinkware
  • kitchen towels NEW
  • basic cookware sets 
  • hot water kettle
  • coffee maker with carafe
  • small appliances
  • trash bags
  • toilet paper
  • lighting
  • journals, books & magazines 

GIFT CARDS

We are currently accepting gift cards to Downtown LA stores such as Food 4 Less, CVS, Target, and Ralphs.

We recommend amounts between $20-50. 

NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING

OTHER WAYS TO DONATE GOODS

DONATION DRIVESIf you are interested in organizing a donation drive, promotion, or fundraiser to benefit the Downtown Women’s Center, please contact Events@DowntownWomensCenter.org or fill out our fundraiser form.

HELP FROM HOME KITS: If you are interested in assembling kits that support our daily programming, please review the instructions online. Please contact GroupVolunteerEvents@downtownwomenscenter.org with questions. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please contact us at DonateGoods@DowntownWomensCenter.org. If you have a question about Help From Home Kits, please contact GroupVolunteerEvents@downtownwomenscenter.org

All donations drop-offs must be scheduled. You can schedule a drop-off here. Donation drop-offs can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

We are located at 442 S. San Pedro Street Los Angeles, CA 90013. When you arrive to drop off your donation, the green gate will be closed. If you pull up to the gate, the security guard will open it for you. Pull into the lot and our donation team will meet you to unload your donation.

On some occasions, we may need furniture donations. Please contact DonateGoods@downtownwomenscenter.org with photos and details of the items you’re offering. We are not able to pick up any donated furniture. 

You can get a receipt during the donation drop-off by asking one of our on-site staff members. If you forget to get a receipt on-site, please email DonateGoods@DowntownWomensCenter.org with the following information: Name, address, phone number, email address, date of donation, and a full list of what you donated (items and quantities).

If you purchased something off of our Target wish list, we do not have records of your order. You can go to the ‘Your Orders’ section on your Target account to find a record of your purchase. 

DWC’s highest needs are always changing, based on the feedback of the women we serve and our current inventory of donated goods. For the most up-to-date list of items, please look at the list above. You can also contact DonateGoods@DowntownWomensCenter.org with any inquiries. 

You can also purchase items on our online wish list. These items are our top priority and give a great opportunity to support DWC from afar!

If you plan on dropping off a large donation, you must give notice a week ahead of time by contacting DonateGoods@DowntownWomensCenter.orgIf you are organizing a donation drive, please contact us at Events@DowntownWomensCenter.org.

Unfortunately, we have limited staff on-site who have their hands full running the programs and services for the women we serve. We are unable to pick up donated items.

Please contact us at DonateGoods@DowntownWomensCenter.org.

If you have a question about Help From Home Kits, please contact GroupVolunteerEvents@downtownwomenscenter.org

Yes, you can ship a donation to DWC. Please contact us ahead of time to confirm we are in need of the item(s) you want to donate and to make sure we can receive the quantity you plan on donating. You can email us at DonateGoods@DowntownWomensCenter.org.

We are not in need of items for babies or children, as we exclusively serve adult women.

We do accept adult menswear. The women we serve have a variety of style preferences, including masculine. 

We accept gently-worn and new shoes of all sizes.  Please do not donate run-down shoes, as the women we serve need sturdy, reliable shoes that will last a long time. We do not accept shoes with a very high heel.

We do accept donated books and magazines and welcome more books in Spanish.

We are not in need of makeup at this time. 

Yes! We welcome unused cleaning supplies and/or Clean Home Kits for our residents. You can assemble Clean Home Kits by following the instructions here and scheduling a donation drop-off here. For any questions, please contact GroupVolunteerEvents@downtownwomenscenter.org.

Yes! We accept menstrual items such as pads and adult pull up diapers. We never accept tampons or menstrual cups. 

Thank you for wanting to support the Downtown Women’s Center in this way! Please complete our fundraiser form and/or contact Events@DowntownWomensCenter.org with any questions.

VEHICLES

You can donate just about any motor vehicle and receive a tax deduction for your donation. Complete and submit the following form, or call toll-free (855) 392-1227 (855-DWC-1-CAR) to arrange a convenient pick-up time. We’ll pick up your vehicle, give you a receipt, and take care of the rest!